Physics chemistry

Physical and Biophysical Chemistry

About

Physical and Biophysical Chemistry underpin all other chemical disciplines. Physical chemistry seeks to explain the behaviour of matter at the atomic, molecular and macroscopic levels, and is characterized by the application of physics to describe phenomena. Important foci of physical chemistry include thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, colligative properties, electrochemistry, surface science, and spectroscopy. Biophysical chemistry uses the concepts of physical chemistry to probe biological systems of both molecular and supramolecular size. The RSC houses state-of-the-art instrumentation dedicated to characterization of chemical systems from atomic to macroscopic in scale.

Groups

Magnetic Resonance Facility

Our group studies transition metal catalysts using both magneto-optical spectroscopy and magnetic resonance techniques.

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The Huber group develops innovative tools to determine the 3D structure of biological macromolecules form sparse experimental data of different length scale.

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Humphrey

Our research uses synthesis, spectroscopy, electrochemistry, and computational chemistry to generate new molecular materials with unusual optical properties.

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Molecule

Our research interests lie at the interface between biology, chemistry and physics where fundamental chemistry underlies biological function.

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We use NMR spectroscopy to assess the structural changes of proteins in response to other molecules in aqueous solution, i.e. under near-physiological condition

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Light

Our research mainly focuses on the interaction between light and chemicals and its application in materials sciences.

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Projects

Why does nature strongly favor chlorophyll a? What are the consequences of the differences between the chlorophylls for photosynthetic function? Using our unique optical spectrometer, this project aims to address these key fundamental questions.

Student intake

Open for Honours, PhD students

This project will involve collaboration with industry partners (Beta Therapeutics) and partners within the Centre of Excellence in Peptide and Protein Science.

Student intake

Open for Honours, Master, PhD, Summer scholar students

This project aims to magnetically label proteins for new electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) experiments to study a protein’s structure and dynamics at low concentrations and in-cell.

Student intake

Open for Honours, Master, PhD, Summer scholar students

This project will involve collaboration with the ANU Our Health in Our Hands Grand Challenge teams in the College of Engineering & Computer Science and the Research School of Physics.

Student intake

Open for Honours, Master, PhD, Summer scholar students

This project will magnetically label proteins for new electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) experiments to study a protein’s structure and dynamics at low concentrations and in-cell, and then compute informative models from the measured EPR distances.

Student intake

Open for Honours, Master, PhD, Summer scholar students

This project will involve collaboration with partners within the Centre of Excellence in Peptide and Protein Science.

Student intake

Open for Honours, Master, PhD, Summer scholar students

Members

Emeritus and Honorary

Emeritus Professor

Honorary Professor

Honorary Professor

Honorary Professor

Honorary Associate Professor

Academic staff

Professor

ARC Laureate Fellow

A. Perriman

Professor of Bioengineering